Welcome to the Wichita Chamber Chorale!
April 18, 2021: Part 2 of our virtual concert, Draw Us Near, is ready, featuring “Unclouded Day” and “Draw Us Near.” Thank you for listening and supporting the Wichita Chamber Chorale.
Directed by Dr Rayvon T. J. Moore
View Virtual Concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzU-MhUY9Ko
The Wichita Chamber Chorale is an auditioned choir recognized as the premier choral ensemble of Wichita and the surrounding region.
The mission of the Wichita Chamber Chorale is to champion significant choral music and perform it at the highest national standards, foster music education in our communities, and contribute to the quality of the cultural life of Wichita and the state of Kansas.
We are ready to sing again – virtually!
WCC goes virtual on Sunday March 21, 2021
After a year of being unable to perform together due to COVID-19, we are excited to announce we are exploring the virtual world of choral ensemble singing! Under the direction of Artistic Director & Conductor Dr. Rayvon T. J. Moore, please join us online Sunday, March 21st as we release Part 1 of our 3-part Virtual Concert entitled, Draw Us Near. We plan to release Part 2 and Part 3 on Sunday, April 18th and Sunday, May 16th, respectively.
Part One of our Virtual Concert will feature two selections, “Hymn for America” by Stephen Paulus, and “The Awakening” by Joseph M. Martin. Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 21st and please support our efforts to sing together and share great choral music with you.
We would like to thank our sponsors, Fidelity Bank, Ross Charitable Trust, HUDDLE Learning, Inc, and the City of Wichita, Division of Arts & Cultural Services, for helping make this concert possible. We welcome all support, and monetary contributions can be made online at www.wichitachorale.com/support.
Even though our year has been greatly affected by the pandemic, our mission remains — “To champion significant choral music and perform it at the highest national standards, foster music education in our communities, and contribute to the quality of the cultural life of Wichita and the state of Kansas.”
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you online!
Dr. Rayvon T. J. Moore
Wichita Chamber Chorale Selects Artistic Director & Conductor
The Wichita Chamber Chorale is pleased to announce Dr. Rayvon T. J. Moore has been selected as their new Artistic Director and Conductor. Dr. Moore began his work with the Chorale in July 2020. He is the fourth Director to lead the Chorale, following the tenures of Drs. Michael Pohlenz, Robert Glasmann, and Mark Bartel.
Dr. Moore is looking forward to his work with the Chorale and preparing for its 43rd concert season. Dr. Moore said, “I consider it a great privilege to join the Wichita Chamber Chorale as their new Artistic Director and Conductor! I am eager to make music that inspires a spirit of community and continued choral excellence in Wichita. What an exciting opportunity to work with these incredible musicians!”
Donald H. Fast, Board President of the WCC, added, “The Board of Directors is in the process of making plans for the 2020-2021 season. Many options are under consideration in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We anticipate sharing more information on our website and our Facebook page as plans become specific.”
Moore is also Director of Choral Studies at Friends University and serves as Assistant Professor of Music. At Friends, Moore oversees the choral program, conducts the internationally renowned Singing Quakers, and teaches courses in conducting, choral methods, and applied voice.
A Southern California native, Dr. Moore earned his bachelor’s degree in choral music from the University of Southern California (USC), his master’s degree in choral conducting from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and his doctoral degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York.
Prior to coming to Wichita, Moore served as the Adjunct Director of Choral Activities at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. and the Director of Music at Western Presbyterian Church in Palmyra, N.Y. He has held faculty positions at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY; The Young Musicians Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles; and served as Associate Conductor of the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and Chorale.
He is an educator, conductor and baritone known for his energetic yet sensitive conducting and his rich baritone voice. Dr. Moore has an extensive choral conducting resume and is a versatile performer. He has sung back up for The Rolling Stones, Barry Manilow, Patti Austin, Andrea Bocelli, Kathleen Battle and Deborah Voigt. He specializes in topics on conducting pedagogy, concert programming and interpreting music of the Baroque and African American spirituals.
A recipient of several conducting awards, Dr. Moore’s mentors include William Weinert, Robert Istad, Donald Brinegar, Brad Lubman, Joel Pressman, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Cristian Grases, Mark Scatterday, and Neil Varon. As a conducting fellow at several programs, Moore has worked with Ann Howard-Jones, John Alexander, Jerry Blackstone, David Hayes, and Daniel Bara.
He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, National Collegiate Choral Organization, the National Association for Music Education, and is sought after as a guest conductor, clinician, speaker, and adjudicator.
Chorale Opens Endowment Fund
The Wichita Chamber Chorale has a special Endowment account which was opened in the Spring of 2019 and is managed by the Wichita Community Foundation. A small percentage of the Fund will be used annually for special programming and other artistic needs after the Fund balance reaches $50,000. Come help us grow our legacy with now over 40 years of championing excellence in choral music, choral education, and performance in Wichita and the surrounding region.
Click on this button below which leads you to the donor page for the Wichita Community Foundation. Then click on ‘Other Fund’ at the bottom of the list of their Donor options. The fund’s name is “Wichita Chamber Chorale Inc. Endowment Fund.” Thank you!